Happy Thanksgiving

Last year on Thanksgiving Day, I was flying over the Atlantic, worried, scared. My mother had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and I was coming back to be with her through surgery and recovery. So much unknown. It’s times such as those that the reality of living so far away hits home.

This Thanksgiving, I sit calmly in Paris where a strange sun is breaking through the gray clouds, a sky that might even promise snow. I am thinking about all that I have to be grateful for, how light can pierce through what at first looks bleak.

I am happy to report that my mom is doing great; breast cancer is something we can beat. I am also grateful that despite the distance, the ocean cannot break the most important of bonds. In fact, I think being an expat makes me think even more about gratitude, how much I have to be thankful for in my life. Sometimes, at a remove, we can see how precious everything is; stand back and we see things shine.

This past year has been quite challenging, on many different levels. There have been times that I felt my light burning low. But it is also through struggle that I become so intensely aware of the many gifts that surround me. Daily miracles. I am one of the luckiest people on earth. I know what love means.

I have family, friends, my health, my imagination, my dreams, a beautiful city, new possibilities, opportunities – and a voice inside me that tells me to leap at them with everything I have.

I am also grateful for your readership and comments. Thank you. I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with joy.


20 Responses to “Happy Thanksgiving”

  1. 1 Lindsey November 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    So much can change in a year, as you mention. I’m glad to be spending Thanksgiving with you this year – and hopefully, many more!


  2. 3 shan November 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Well said πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving, hope it’s lovely & filling (in both the emotional and gastronomical senses)!
    xx S


  3. 5 Tanya November 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Glad to hear your mother is doing better Sion.

    Giving thanks is more important than people realize. We should spend more time being thankful for what we do have than looking into other people’s lives and longing for something more. I’ve learned that the more thankful we are the more we have to be thankful for.

    So, thank you for sharing with us.
    Happy thanksgiving!


  4. 7 Buffy November 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you as well!! It is nice to see SAD has not taken hold of you today. I hope the sun shines through for you. It is wonderful your mom has beaten that awful disease that has taken so many to young in their life. I wish continued health and happiness for you in you home away from home.

    take care,



  5. 9 Sweet Freak November 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Snif. Love this beautiful post, beautiful girl. I had no idea about your mom and am so happy to hear she’s doing okay. And also happy to hear all that you’re grateful for, knowing how sincere your thoughts and words are. I hope you’re having a wonderful day! (Sounds like you are.) xo


  6. 11 Tina November 25, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiiful, Sion. Leap at life and enjoy what’s yet to come!


  7. 13 Madame Marielle November 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~Thornton Wilder

    You, Sion, sound very much alive. Happy Thanksgiving.


  8. 17 e November 25, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    You are so right, Sion. Being thankful is always important, as is leaping at whatever opportunities life brings. Have a wonderful day.


  9. 19 The Lady D November 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too!


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Sion Dayson is paris (im)perfect. Writer, dreamer, I moved to France on – no exaggerating – a romantic whim. As you can imagine, a lot can go wrong (and very right!) with such a (non)plan. These are the (im)perfect stories that result.

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